In Decanter’s masterclass at the Decanter Spain and Portugal Fine Wine Encounter, Padro Ballesteros Torres MW compared the similarities between Priorat and Burgundy. While many are familiar with Burgundy, Spain’s Priorat region has a rich 800 year old history that is often overlooked. Recently, the region became the first Spanish appellation to adopt a comprehensive zoning approach, similar to that of Burgundy. The pyramid structure details village, vintage, premier and grand cru classifications in addition to the vinyas vellas classification for wines planted prior to 1945. Torres writes that “The classification, instead of fixing a picture of the past, as Bordeaux and Burgundy do, creates the conditions upon which new producers can aspire to become icons.”
The piece includes are review of the Ferrer Bobet Vinyes Velles Seleccion Especial 2016, which received an esteemed 95 points. The includes great praise, suggesting the wine is “made from centenarian vines in Porrera, planted on slate soils. Careful harvest and winemaking, with grain selection… The wine is tightly structured, but suavely textured, very long and delicious. A benchmark for old-vine wine: power and finesse in lovely balance.”
To learn more about Priorat and Ferrer Bobet, read the full article HERE.
Selecció Especial is 100% Carignane from hundred year old vines in some of the best vineyards in Priorat, in one of the coolest, steepest and highest elevations of the appellation, factors which contribute to optimal phenolic ripeness and help preserve flavors and acidity. A wine of truly profound fruit and minerality.
Ferrer Bobet is about respect. Firstly, the mutual respect of two friends, Sergi Ferrer-Salat and Raül Bobet and their passion for the world and culture of wine. Secondly, the respect for the long traditions of viticulture and vinification in Priorat and a commitment to the economic and social development of the region. Thirdly, and above all, the respect for the terroir and a dedication to producing wines that reflect the distinctive mineral essence from the land.